New 4G Samsung Windows Phone pictured, dressed in white

Last month, we reported that Samsung apparently has three new Windows Phones due for release this year. Two of those are believed to be Windows Phone 8 handsets, and are expected much later in the year, but the third device was said to be the SGH-i667, known also by its development codename, ‘Mandel'.

We've known about this device for a while, as it's occasionally popped up in benchmarks, analytics and good ol' fashioned rumours over the last few months. But the new handset has finally been caught on camera by wpxap.com (via WPCentral).

In addition to the rear-view pictured above, a second image reveals a Zune Desktop screenshot, with the on-screen device ‘avatar' giving us a glimpse of what it looks like from the front:

While we don't yet know when the Mandel is due to be launched, we do know that it will feature 4G LTE connectivity, with a WVGA (800x480px) display, and will run Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh (known previously as the ‘Tango' OS update). We now also know that the device will have just 8GB of storage, and given the shared ‘i667' designator in the model number, it's believed that the Mandel may be a variant of the Samsung Focus Flash.

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this is a low end phone which I don't think will see the light of day seeing it is a mango phone, it will probably end up being cancelled completely and Samsung are working on a high end wp8 phone, I hope they stay away from the cheap crappy plastic and design that we have just seen on the galaxy 3. I will stay with nokia because there design is fresh and the quality can not be beat.

deadonthefloor said,
Bring back expandable storage!
I won't let go of my 40GB samsung focus until someone does!

Learn to use the cloud...

WP7 as OS level caching technology, so it can make all your SkyDrive stuff appear to be instant and local based on your usage, and cache important things.

The same for Music, I used to carry a ton of music, and now just use Zune, which has always had a streaming - cloud feature that makes iTunes and iCloud look clunky still.

The only time I have ever hit a limit was when I threw on 15 HD movies on the phone, and with Netflix and Zune again, I don't hardly ever do that anymore either.

Stuck with Verizon because of place I end up that ATT and others don't offer 3G coverage, so using the HTC Trophy 16gb phone, and could honestly see myself getting by just fine with an 8GB model.

(Which surprises me to say this as I always fought for space on Android 16gb and my iPhone with 32gb and now have instant access to more stuff with a lot less space in use.)

Enough of this mediocrity. C'mon, Samsung, really? If you or anyone wants to best Apple's iPhone, they have to bring out the big guns. Sure, a lesser model for the pre-paid segment is understandable, but for the majority of folks on post-paid, only premium devices should be pushed to go toe-to-toe with the big dogs.

Nowhere close to their Galaxy Line as expected, and nowhere close Nokia's Lumia line either.

But I give Samsung alot of credit for trying at least - many other OEMs just leave Windows Phone in the dump. Although it's the back of the device, I like how it looks. It just isn't as nice as what I mentioned above.

usual samsung, I mean boring and unimaginative... I really can't see their design concept

I am a fan of windows phones but I think I will just stick to nokia

What is it with Windows Phone manufacturers and being stingy with memory? It would be nice to see a Windows Phone with a nice, healthy 32GB of storage or more. No more of this 16GB storage, and definitely no more of this 8GB nonsense.

The first Windows Phone with 32GB or more memory on Telstra at a reasonable cost will probably be the one I end up getting if it comes out before contract renewal time.

Douglas_C said,
What is it with Windows Phone manufacturers and being stingy with memory? It would be nice to see a Windows Phone with a nice, healthy 32GB of storage or more. No more of this 16GB storage, and definitely no more of this 8GB nonsense.

The first Windows Phone with 32GB or more memory on Telstra at a reasonable cost will probably be the one I end up getting if it comes out before contract renewal time.

I agree. Though I'm surprised at how little space my phone uses compared to other smart phones I've used, it would be nice to have the option to have more space. The OS though seems to use space very efficiently.

Douglas_C said,
What is it with Windows Phone manufacturers and being stingy with memory? It would be nice to see a Windows Phone with a nice, healthy 32GB of storage or more. No more of this 16GB storage, and definitely no more of this 8GB nonsense.

The first Windows Phone with 32GB or more memory on Telstra at a reasonable cost will probably be the one I end up getting if it comes out before contract renewal time.

Although I partially agree and would like to see more memory, I have found in my personal experience with WP7 for a year now, that I don't even hit my 16gb limit.

(And I have a 4GB Inbox ON the phone, a few movies, podcasts, lots of music, with the largest amount of RAM being taken up by 'cached' documents from SkyDrive via Office or the SkyDrive App. This includes a lot of PDF Books, and Kindle Books, and Audible Books, and my 1 GB of OneNote information.)

The oddity is that I have access to more data, with the need for less space.

One thing is the App usage and 'sizes' that are nearly as huge as what I was dealing with on Android, so in the same space I can have more Apps.

The other thing is connectivity, and as long as I have 3G or WiFi access, I can grab whatever I need, and WP7 caches it for me, and I can tell it not to as well. This lets me keep things I will use when out of Cell Range available, and other stuff let the phone manage.

So for music, I used to carry about 10gb of songs, now I carry about 2gb of songs at most, and when I want to hear more, I stream it directly from the Zune cloud or use Smart DJ from my existing tracks to create a Zune playlist that it mixes with streaming songs, or I can download and play a song and throw it away a few days later because of the way the subscription works that trumps iTunes and iCloud.

As a 'have everything' with me technical person, I think I could get by with an 8gb phone now, yet just a year ago, I wouldn't have went with anything under 16gb.

This is truly another area with WP7 shines in how it deals with data and has inherent OS level content caching that iOS and Android do not.

The other secret is that most WP7 phones have microSD cards inside them, that are socketed. If you want to pop open the device to a warranty killing level, you can throw in a 32 or 64gb card on a lot of the models rather easily.
** (Just remember that WP7 uses the Secure part of SD along with inherent encryption, so the card has to be 'jacked' to even format or use it outside the phone.)

M_Lyons10 said,

I agree. Though I'm surprised at how little space my phone uses compared to other smart phones I've used, it would be nice to have the option to have more space. The OS though seems to use space very efficiently.

As I was just typing I noticed your post, and it is something that really surprised me as well, having to always shuffle data on and off my 16gb and 32gb Android and iPhones in the past and now have tons of extra room on a 16gb WP7.

The App sizes and data consumption is smaller, and the way the OS has inherent caching technology that is heavily used in Office and SkyDrive and even how it deals with Email.

One thing alone is that I have over 50,000 emails on the phone, with a majority of them fully downloaded and searchable, and WP7 seems to keep the 'switch' of what is on the phone and not really well, as it will swap out attachments as it needs space, but leave the text content that is co-located in the search index of the device as well.

This works brillantly with Exchange or Hotmail, so even having 25gb of email in my account, my phone is only consuming about 4gb at most. (And the way WP7 handles data binding and controls, opening an inbox with 20,000 emails is just as fast as opening an inbox with 20 emails. Something that will bring Android and iOS to their knees.)

i wonder, if samsung will give WP a worthy device, like the galaxy for android, or the nexus.

i understand that, wp7 is limited to specific hardware, but wp8 is near, and no word of intention toward WP. by now they must have some sort of flagship device ready, at least.

R1pper said,
i wonder, if samsung will give WP a worthy device, like the galaxy for android, or the nexus.

i understand that, wp7 is limited to specific hardware, but wp8 is near, and no word of intention toward WP. by now they must have some sort of flagship device ready, at least.


Probably won't have anything to say until after the Windows Phone conference in June.

rfirth said,

Probably won't have anything to say until after the Windows Phone conference in June.

Yeah. Hopefully then though the flood gates will open. LOL